Lagerboy (2206) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2015
Bomber, as Swans Berry Ale. Clear red copper, some sediment, mostly fading off-white foam. Promising pungent aroma of real fresh raspberries. Sweet berry fruity malty taste, faint herbal hint. Average carbonation, light bodied, low hopped. Just okay. LBW (Lagerboys Be Wary) jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2007
on tap-pours a thin white head and red color. Aroma is berry. Taste is berry spritzer. OK carbonation. tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 (Buckerfield’s Berry Ale - Strong Fruit Ale): Aroma is pleasantly tart and full of berries. Underlying doughy, sweet malt character is notable. Clear amber-copper coloured body is topped by a fizzy off white, large bubbled head that recedes very rapidly to a slight ring. Toasty and lightly grainy and sweet malt flavour underscores the tart berry flavours. Tastes almost like a fruity ginger ale and the dry medium-light body and strong fizzy carbonation reinforce that impression. Tulip glass. Just above fridge temperature. Bottle (BB Nov-Wk 4-08, Brewery Creek, Apr-08). GRM (4050) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 19, 2009
Glass, 5 ounces, cask, at the pub, savoured on April 30, 2009; eye: copper with a nice reddish hue, clear, no effervescence, tiny ring of tan head, slight lacing; nose: raspberry dominates, light acidity, light malt; mouth: strawberry, light acidity, light acridness, light malt, light caramel, rather-balanced finale in raspberry and caramel malt, light body, slight bitterness, average carbonation, slick; overall: correct
Verre, 5 onces, cask, bue sur place, savourée le 30 avril 2009; œil : cuivrée avec une belle teinte rougeâtre, claire, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse fauve, très légère dentelle; nez : framboise domine, légère acidité, léger malt; bouche : framboise, légère acidité, légère âcreté, léger malt, léger caramel, finale plutôt équilibrée entre la framboise et le malt caramel, corps léger, très légèrement amère, carbonatation moyenne, texture coulante; en résumé : correct Ferris (15288) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2013
Draft - Raspberry and light malts, a bit jammy. Light clear amber with a thin head. Malty raspberries, again tastes like jam as it smells. Not bad, but just not a fan.
vadie (1256) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2014
Rouge/cuivre avec une petite mousse beige. L’arôme des framboise et du malt anglais. Le goût est un peu du malt anglais et de la framboise. C’est un peu sucré et épais en bouche. rogueminded (41) - Newport, Oregon, USA - APR 21, 2005
A nice little maroon color with a fruity taste. Not all that I imagined. A little watery, but it is refreshing and I’m not saying its bad at all. It’s good, especially for 7% solidfunk (8964) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Decently done for style - in the sense that it meets the average standards of a fruit beer. Tastes a bit sour like raspberry but who cares really. Pours reddish clear. Finishes a little sour. On tap at brewpub - thankfully my odyssey here is over. GarrettB (1600) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2014
August 17th, 2012 - Sometimes we run across breweries and their whole line of beers, and they don’t "click." Maybe it’s the beer. Maybe it’s the brewery. But sometimes, out of a whole underwhelming line-up of beers there is at least one that stands out, shining and gleaming in a field of gray, soulless suds. And often enough for it to be an observable trend, this drinkable savior is a sweet brew - something that inspired the brewer. Is that the Swans Hotel’s Raspberry Ale? True, it is better than most of what’s being served, but it doesn’t come to the taster tray wearing a small cape and spandex. The aroma is pleasant, featuring strawberry notes, and the heavy luscious scent of dark, overripe raspberries, but the flavor is flimsy. Transparent, almost untouchable touches of strawberry appear here and there on the tongue, but even under the most serious sensory scrutiny, this ale doesn’t offer up much. This puts it ahead of the other Swan beers (so far) but it’s not enough to redemm the damage done in my tasting notes notebook. Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2007
7/14/07 On draught at the brewery. Aroma is raspberry bubble gum. Appearance is similar to a regular American amber with a low head. Flavor is a raspberry/sweet malt blend forward, slightly sour, with moderate bittering and no hop character. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium/high carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, this does keep some amber character, but it’s just not easy drinking enough.